20
Jun
13

The Supper Clubs – Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele & Mrs Bang is Back!

 

Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele & Mrs Bang is Back!

Noosa Long Weekend Festival

berardo’s restaurant and bar

18th – 20th June 2013

 

Reviewed by Xanthe Coward 

 

The Noosa Long Weekend Festival’s Supper Clubs are always a hit, and this year is no different. berardo’s is a tough room to play, so this is a gig that challenges all but those at the top of their game. Marina Prior and James Morrison spring to mind. In the past, they have effortlessly shown how it’s done.

 

Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele

Naomi Price

 

Rumour Has It 2013. Pictured Naomi Price 2. Image by Dylan Evans

You’re invited to spend an evening with Adele: Grammy goddess, young mum, and pottymouthed everywoman. For the first time in Noosa, Adele rolls in the deep down under, spilling intimate details about life on the road, love on the rocks, and the prick who took a sledge hammer to her heart…

Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele marries a modern-day music legend with one of Queensland’s best-loved musical theatre imports, British chanteuse Naomi Price. Following critically acclaimed seasons in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and on the Gold Coast, this wickedly satirical new cabaret rolls into Noosa for one-night-only as part of the Noosa Long Weekend.

 

On Tuesday night I saw the Queensland premiere of David Williamson’s play, Happiness, and stopped by berardo’s afterwards to see how Adele was being received by the Supper Club crowd. It was a late show so I was lucky enough to catch it. I’ve seen Naomi’s Adele show three times and I’m not over it yet!

 

It seemed this might be new territory, a brand new sense of humour for some of the Noosa audience, who didn’t necessarily appreciate the course language (spattered throughout, by no means OTT), and early references to Tussaud’s, although it has to be said that the younger audience members thought that hilarious, as the signs of a good surgeon are always evident, aren’t they? Just saying.

 

Naomi took the first two numbers to warm up, using Rumour Has It and Rolling In the Deep to get the feel for the room, and introduce the music of multi-award winning Adele to a whole new audience. She won them over in the end, with witty patter and her occasional beautiful tender moments, making the story all the more personal in the intimate surrounds of berardo’s, but it was tough work! Naomi Price is a sensational performer and with this performance she proved she’s able to win over any sort of crowd. Favourites included her detailed impersonations of Celine Dion and Amy Winehouse. Taylor Swift (“Who’s Taylor Swift?”) not so much!

 

I love this show, and I always look forward to seeing it! Rumour Has It: Sixty Minutes Inside Adele will go everywhere, and I have no doubt that either this show, or another of The Little Red Company’s productions, starring Naomi Price, will return in some guise to surprise and entertain a whole new Long Weekend audience.

 

Mrs Bang is Back!

Sheridan Harbridge

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Just when you thought it was safe to return to Hastings Street, ‘Mrs Bang’ returns to Noosa. Mrs Bang, the mad and delicious she-cat of song, is hittin’ the road to win more hearts and break more heels.

An unabashed mess of calamity, romance and loin-aching seduction, Mrs Bang takes on Noosa once again in this hilarious comedy of wine stained vocals and sumptuous catastrophe.

Bringing houses down from Edinburgh to Poland, Winner of Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe Festival and a Green Room award nominee, Mrs Bang: A Series of Seductions is a fast-paced ride with a woman on the edge, venturing through the music of Supertramp, Talking Heads, Sonny Bono and Portishead. Seductive and superbly funny, it is cabaret dripped in absinthe and left in the gutter.

Get ready to be seduced….

 

Mrs Bang came to Noosa Long Weekend before Noosa was really ready for anything of the sort! But she’s come back on the success of that surprising debut and she is just as funny, naughty, cheeky and entertaining.

 

Sheridan Harbridge brought such a sassy, sexy character to berardo’s that the audience members who hadn’t seen her before were clearly shocked! It’s a great show, a hilarious premise, with the band not arriving and Mrs Bang having to carry on regardless. A single poignant moment, which brings us a sublime rendition of Bang Bang, made famous by Nancy Sinatra, sits snugly in between the delightful Do You Like My Dress? (Russell, random audience member. Last time it was Macquarie’s Simon Gamble) and a run of funny anecdotes and musical numbers (not to mention a finale that will knock your socks off!) showcasing Sheridan’s multiple skill sets, necessary of course, to make cabaret a success.

 

Sheridan’s is the show that not only every punter will love but also every performer should see. Final show tonight.

 

The Noosa Long Weekend’s final Supper Club happens on Friday night, featuring for the first time in Noosa, Tyran Parke.

 

“There have been scant few cabaret debuts as good as this one; commandingly sung and alternately interesting, funny and touching.” Cabaret Scenes, New York

 

Tyran Parke

 

Friday 21 June

 

berardo’s at 8:30pm

 

Two-course supper, glass of wine and show.

 

 

The Festival Highlight Celebrations Concert on Sunday features the best of The Noosa Long Weekend artists 12pm – 4pm at the Outrigger.

 

Bookings online noosalongweekend.com

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